For those parents who ultimately decide to find out baby’s gender (sometimes as early as 7 weeks!) so often the reasoning is chalked up to their penchant for planning. And while there’s no wrong way to prepare for baby, there’s no reason those who wish to remain #teamgreen can’t prepare, and do so in serious style—far beyond the age-old sage green and pale yellow.
When it comes to designing the nursery, Beth Williams of Project Nursery gives the green light on going ahead, even if you’re waiting to know the gender—and it’s for a more practical reason than you think: “Nurseries are as much for the parents as they are for the baby, so you will want a calm space ready and waiting—even if there are some last minute details left to add,” she says. And these days, nursery design trends aren’t relying as heavily on gender to bring style. “You may be surprised to see that many design elements you love cross over boy and girl nurseries. Start there to create a gender neutral base with the main furnishings and wall color. If it’s important to you that your nursery look “boyish” or “girly” in the end, pin room decor accessories and artwork you like for either sex that you can purchase after your baby is born. Large wall decals are trending big in nursery design and are an easy way to take a gender neutral nursery and spin it more masculine or feminine—we sell lots of beautiful options in The Project Nursery Shop.”
As for clothing, take the opportunity to invest in (read: splurge on) an heirloom-quality layette that can be passed down to future siblings, or even grandchildren. Focus on a newborn and 0-3 sizes, and that way once the gender surprise is a surprise no more, you can add elements that fit your bundle of joy’s style, personality, and gender. Start with sweet basics like the Finn + Emma origami footie, Tea Collection cloud gown, Oeuf Bunny Set, and aden + anais kimono one-piece. Round it out with statement pieces like the Mini Rodini Orange Donkey Baby Grow, The Tot bestie long sleeved onesie and Monica + Andy Moto Romper, and stock up on IG-worthy linens like Little Unicorn hooded towels, LouLou Lollipop swaddles, and of course, a Little Giraffe blanket.
These days, most baby gear is gender-neutral by design—but that hardly means everything has to be black. The Silver Cross Wave comes in chic neutrals like Linen and Sable, and Spearmint Love’s selection of car seat covers features fabrics and patterns you wish were hanging in your closet. The fun, bold designs on the Skip Hop Vibrant Village activity gym are all about baby’s developing brain—boy or girl, and LILLEbaby’s jewel-toned carrier makes a (gender-neutral) statement.